Athlone councillor wants election count centres to be accessible to general public

An Athlone councillor is calling for the counting of votes in Westmeath this May to be opened up to members of the general public.

Under current regulations access to where the votes are counted after an election is limited to members of political parties, candidates and some of their supporters.

Councillor Aengus O’ Rourke says that he would like to see a system where anyone interested in attending could apply online to the registrar and be allowed to attend on the day.

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The Fianna Fail councillor says this would be particularly useful for politics students and anyone else who is interested in how the PR voting system works.

He says the Community Centre in Moate where votes are going to be counted this year affords ample space to allow more people attend.